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's -- look, there is this divide among -- there's even a divide among the culture in the united states senate where you have a johnny isaacson, a bob corkel. >> they say let's vote. >> we're legislators. we're going to be conservative legislators but we're legislators. then you have a new strain of the republican party, this new crowd that's gotten in there that says, no, you know what, government gets too big when it does anything. whatever. legislating is bad, period. >> don't even debate. >> yes. >> it looks to me like the 29, following up on your thought, a lot of these people like mitch mcconnell aren't born right wingers. howard was sit in that chair yesterday, howard fineman. he said all this thing going on with kentucky, whatever's going on, the taping of that meeting and everything was mitch mcconnell coming out screaming bring in the fbi because he wanted to show he was a real right winger and mad at the left. >> he was tough. it has united conservatives around him. conservatives, the enemy of my enemy is my ally. this is survival. the fact of the matter is, chris, he saw what happe
, in the next weeks and next months in this country but most of the united states senators don't give a rat's ass about it. hate to start with that downer but that's the way it is here on the "full court press" this morning. that's mainly what we're going to be talking about and taking your calls about here on this thursday morning. coming to you live from our nation's capital, just down the street from the scene of that cowardly vote yesterday. and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. looking forward to hearing from you and hearing your outrage on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, be our friend on facebook and tell us where the hell we go from here at facebook.com/billpressshow. man, lots to talk about this morning. we're all here. with peter ogborn and dan henning. >> yes sir. >> good morning. >> bill: we come in even on bad days. alichia cruz is here to take your calls. burn up the phone lines this morning. cyprian bowlding will keep us look calm, cool and collected on the video cam. there's news on a lot of different fronts this morning. actually you probably heard overnight. a massive e
senator durbin was kind enough to quote and to reference are that in the united states, we have an enormous african community which can be strategically vital as american businesses seek to access these growing opportunities across the continent of africa. we also look to bolster support for agencies that finance u.s. commercial engagement overseas. our competitors, particularly the chinese, have a very different approach to finance and the united states need to better coordinate and align to enact legislation. the goal set in this legislation is a 200% increase is an ambitious goal, a 200% increase in u.s. exports to africa in the necessary ten years. but if we were to accomplish this goal in a cost-effective way through more responsibly coordinating the investments we're already making in these federal agencies that can better coordinate u.s. private-sector efforts, think of how many jobs we might create, think of how many countries we might connect better to the united states, think of how many towns and workplaces across this country would been fit. senator durbin, i just wa
. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. sglefrjts the united states senate let down an awful lot of people including the newtown families. i don't know how anybody who looked into the eye, could have voted the way they did today. >> michael: vice president joe biden summing up the failure of the senate to pass the manchin toomey gun legislation. six more votes were needed to overcome a filibuster. these four voted against it. minutes after the vote the progressive change campaign committee announced it will run ads against senator. harry reid supported the measure, but voted against it. that allows him to bring it up again for a vote. president obama put the blame squarely at the feet of senate republicans. >> obama: families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders, not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all of our children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. >> michael: the amendment's odds looked so dim that joe manchin too
children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked commonsense gun reform even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. support universal background checks that make it harderwere talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with severe mental illness. 90% of american support that already the law. a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it is not going to happen is 90% of republicans in the senate voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. minorityis continuing was able to block it from moving forward. i will speak lately and honestly about what happened. the american people are trying to figure out how it didn't happen. we had a democrat and a second amendment with a grades commonsense compromise oni want courage inem for the doing that. it was not easy given their traditional strong support for second amendment rights. as they said, no one could honestly cl
president obama and a united states senator and tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. there was a further concern earlier today when a report that other suspicious packages led to partial evacuation of a senate office building on capitol hill. let's go to our chief congressional correspondent dana bash. what is the very latest? >> reporter: although these letters did test positive in the initial tests we are still waiting for the formal test that is coming from a lab in fort detrick, maryland not too far from her in washington. terry friedman over at the justice department is reporting we'll not likely get those results until tomorrow. the hope was we would get them this afternoon but it looks like it will push into tomorrow. the other thing that he is reporting is that the fbi insists that there is no arrest imminent or at least that they are unaware of any imminent arrest in this case. despite the fact that we were told starting yesterday by senators coming out of a briefing including senator clair mccaskill of missouri that law enforcement officials had at least a
hunting. members of the united states senate and congress own those firearms. paul ryan, for example, owns one of those and goes hunting with them. >> ifill: that one was a forgone concliewrkz as were the magazine clips, but the background checks not so much. >> our concern with the universal background checks is we think the problem we see is you have to fix the nix system. the first thing you need to do is fix the nix system which is why our industry is funding an initiate toif work at the grass-roots level to work with the states falling down on the jobs and not getting the background checks-- getting the information into the background check system. the system is only as good as the information that's in it, and background checks that are incompleted and accurate don't help anybody. having more of those background checks that are incomplete also doesn't help anybody. >> ifill: as far as you're concerned even though the president-- or harry reid said, this is round one-- both of them said it-- you think for the federal level this argument is over. >> no, i don't think so at all. i met w
. and now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether democracy works. sounds simple, but it's true. will democracy work to reflect the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people who say we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since, and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators, we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you're ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress, and she said to me, i'm ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the world watches, with benjamin andrew wheeler, age 6. his father, david, his is here today and he is here in spirit as we decide in the united states senate today whether we will move forward toward progress. ana grace marquez greene, also age 6, her mother melba is here t
the united states senate and the congress unanimously passed a measure to bolster mental health reporting requirements on background checks. some states like mine, texas, have received high marks for their compliance but many states have essentially been noncompliant and the department of justice has failed to adequately back up implementation of the law so essentially the law that we passed in the wake of the virginia tech shootings that require reporting of people that are judah kate at mentally ill in their respective states is not working the way it should. rather than just string along and ineffective program i think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to fix fix it and we shod fix fix it. i want to say just a word though about symbolism versus solutions. i am not interested in congress voting on a measure that would have no impact on the horrific violence we have seen in recent months. i am not interested in a symbolic gesture which would offer the families of the sandy hook shooting the old real solutions that they seek. to a person they told me they are not political, they don'
senate and that leads to the second point. the united states senate is a broken institution. several weeks ago, the vice president of the united states and john lewis stood at the bridge in selma, alabama, commemorating a horrific event there in the 1960s. at that time the united states senate was controlled by democrats. russell long of louisiana and many others. had they been in the united states senate today, had they operated then the way the united states senate operates today, the civil rights legislation of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 would not have been passed. 50 plus one is a majority. not 60 votes. >> all right. >> you know, mika, i've got to go back to the beginning of this session. there was a lot of talk about filibuster reform. i was out there talking about the need for filibuster reform. for whatever reason, the democrats didn't push. i remember saying it. the day they made the rules to get rid of the filibuster, make 50 plus one pass, if they had made that decision when they set up the senate, then this bill would have passed. i got to say just really quickly
on the full court press. we are talking about an amazing vote yesterday in the united states senate, defied all of the nay sayers santa republicanssayers, santa republicans joining almost all of the democrats to open debate on the gun safety issue, which has been a prior to for president obama. only two democrats refused to go along. we will get to your call peter on the sorry media. >> on twitter @bpshow. jim wants to know if it's possible the gop senators want to get democrats' vote on the record as the anti-gun or anti-second amendment. >> that premise, that total question is based upon the wrong prem premises. they are not anti-gun. they are not anti-second amendment. just requiring a criminal being check so a criminal can't buy a gun is not anti-gun. get that through your damn thick head. anything else? >> keep tweet he is @bp show. >> let's jump to the phones here donald. this can't be right. baton rouge illinois. >> from baton rouge, louisiana. >> of course. >> that's where it is. it says illinois on my sheet here i'm sorry, donald. i knew that had to b
cordoned off and tested before it ever gets to a united states senator's office, united states congressman's office or the president of the united states. the fact that it was discovered and is this a case of the system working? >> after september 11th, 2001, there were many changes that the public sees and many they don't. one of the more fundamental ones because of the anthrax incident was channeling all of that mail through a separate facility to detect for these kinds of pois n poisons and toxic chemicals. wi it's one of the many changes that make us a more resilient country. >> how much do we not learn about sometimes? is this a case where this would have been something we may not have learned about but because of what happened in boston everybody is on higher alert? >> i remember vividly i got sworn in on october 8th by then there had been several anthrax attacks and several thereafter. one of the first problems we had was the fact the field tests were inferior and a lot of false positives. horrible hoaxes. i would like to think in intervening ten years the fields tests and it seems
for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. >> after the united states senate today decided that the national response to the massacre of first graders in newtown, connecticut, should be nothing, after they voted to filibuster even the bipartisan background check measure that's supported by 90% of americans, after that happened today, president obama did something new. the president almost never responds to specific legislation that's getting voted down, much less responding right after that legislation is voted down, much less making that response in the rose garden of the white house in a formal set of remarks, but today the president responded in the rose garden even while other votes for still happening on subsequent measures on gun reform. the president was joined at the podium by family members of kids who were killed at newtown and other survivors of gun massacres. it was a remarkable sight. it was a remarkable sight in particular to see the father of one of the little boys who was killed at newtown standing himself at the presidential podium with the presidential sea
who is using the united states senate and those who didn't vote. you're right. lots of well-meaning people yesterday voted their conscience and voted the right way. but the nra uses the senate and they threaten individuals. and people succumb to those threats. the good people of sandy hook didn't do any threatening of people. they pleaded for the help for themselves and in memory of their children and they pleaded for help for the rest of the country. it is the nra who threatened people with a primary or with their election results. they are the people who are abusing the process and unfortunately, there were those who listened to them yesterday and said no, no! you are not going to use me. i am going to do the right thing by people in the united states of america. and i'm going to do the right thing by our children in protecting their lives. that's the job i was sent here to do. that's what the people of my community are asking me to do. that's what i believe in my heart and in my conscience is the right direction. >> john: connecticut democratic representative rosa delauro
by the united states senate. moments ago, standing with parents from newtown, connecticut, the president railed against the senate. >> so, all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people, we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the american people don't give up on it. >> pelley: of course, opponents of gun control are elated by the decision, and we will start our coverage with chip reid at the capitol. >> on this vote, the yays are 54, the nays are 46. >> reporter: for supporters of gun control, including vice president joe biden, it was a major defeat. they fell short of the 60 votes needed to adopt an amendment requiring background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows and over the internet. under current law, background checks are required only for sales handled by licensed gun dealers. 60 votes were required because that is what it would take to overcome a republican-led filibuster. all but four republicans opposed the background check amendment. it was a reso
. the environment is not agreed to. >> a few minutes ago, the minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms even while the families looked on from the senate gallery. >> a big loss for president obama and big loss from the fam faps from newtown who traveled to washington to lobby lawmakers and they lost on the big amendment that was agreed to by democrat manchin and republican toomey. republicans that voted yes, toomey and kirk and collins from maine and mccain from arizona. democrats who voted no. hicamp from north dakota. prior from arkansas . begas from alaska and baucus and reid. >> at the white house it was technically more bipartisan. even hoe harry reid did vote the way he did. i was struck by the want president's comments just before we went on air when he let loose on with a tirade. now, i don't think it was likely anyway. but the president is not -- and that is the way he attacks today . if you read the president's comments simply on the attack of the fellow red state demdements. it is a searing indictment of them and the
to the american people and to the united states senate through our wonderful chaplain, he basically said it all. we are still reeling from the senseless violence at the boston marathon yesterday. one thing, though, we are united and there's sympathy for the victims of this senseless attacks and the families who are suffering today. the victims. adding to the horror of this tragedy are the questions of who did this and why. the federal bureau of investigation, department of homeland security investigating this attack as aggressively as possible. as the president said last night, rest assured that the perpetrators will feel the full weight of justice for this terrible crime. on the anti-gun legislation before the senate, we're making good progress on the effort to schedule a series of votes to the amendments on the anti-gun legislation before the senate. i've had constructive conversations with my republican counterpart senator mcconnell. the american people deserve to know where we stand on these important antiviolence proposals. there are disagreements, mr. president, as to what we should do wi
not in committing themselves to at least engage in this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks on the second amendment? the gun lobby argues background checks are unconstitutional, given that justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision on the second and they said basically the second amendment is a personal right to bear arms, not the right of a militia, which it then argued for years. scalia said in that decision laws imposing qualifications on the sale of arms are presumptively lawful. there's no doubt at least in scalia's mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment. the gun lobby also argues background checks are in effect is. you've heard this argument, how do you? all the law-abiding citizens who live by them, but the criminals won't. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since background checks went into effect. there is so careless they try to buy a gun anyway. the argument that is why are there so many gun crimes committed? well, because they get done through other means, which is an
, and it has watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether mockers he works. democracy works. to reflectacy work the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people, who say, we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators. we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you are ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress. she said to me, i am ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the , with benjamin andrew wheeler, age six, his father, david, here today, and andrew -- benjamin is here in spirit when we decide whether we will move forward towards progress. senator blumenthal of connecticut on the floor yesterday. dill tweets in -- let's hear what chris has to
the united states senate, and we will be held accountable for what happens here. history is watching. let us be on the right side of history. thank you, madam president, and i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: madam president, i rise as a parent, as a father, as an american who saw the horror of newtown. too many times, i have come to this senate floor to say i offer my thoughts and prayers to the parents and victims of a assault weapon attack, too many times, too many times. columbine, aurora, virginia tech, newtown, how many times will we have to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence? i have two beautiful children, alicia and rob. they are the most important and cherished things in my life. i don't know what i would do if anything happened to either one of them. so i'm here for them and for the children they may have one day and for every child in newtown and across america whose small voice has been silenced by a gun. i don't think it's an exaggeration to say that each and every member of
there will be 60 votes to have a big debate on gun control on the floor of the united states senate. we'll bring you up to date right here on current tv. this show is about analyzing criticizing, and holding policy to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal or is it political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern (vo) current tv is the place for compelling true stories. (kaj) jack, how old are you? >> nine. (adam) this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines. way inside. (christoff) we're patrolling the area looking for guns, drugs bodies ... (adam) we're going to places where few others are going. [lady] you have to get
sometimes there are issues that find you. when i was elected to the united states senate last november i never imagined my main speech would be about guns or gun violence. just like i never cut out imagined that i would be standing here in the wake of 20 little kids having died in sandy hook or six adults who protected them. but sometimes issues find you. so here i am. i am pleased to have the majority leader and majority whip and so many of my colleagues on the floor with me here today. i want to start with the unpleasant parts. i take it is important for all of my colleagues to understand why we're having this debate in next week about gun violence. why for the first time we were able to break the logjam and started doing something about the gun violence that has plagued this nation. to just box your ears and pretend it did not happen. just pretend it did not -- it is not here. it is here. the next new town names are does waiting to be added to the list if we do nothing. here is what we do. sometime in the early morning hours of december 14, a very disturbed, reclusive man n
be filibustered after today in the united states senate." by no means should we rally the american people because we had to go with a full-court press to even go this far. >> that's very true. we see over and over on these eaches t issues that the republicans are responding to a very narrow corner of their base. they are seeking things that the american public are not interested in, does not agree with. but they are going to persist in doing that and just like you said they hear loud and clear from the american people that the direction that they are going in is the wrong direction for america. >> the american people have to be clear on this. it's their rally and it's their moving forward and the president appealing to them that got us on what -- if i would have had this conversation with you senator, after newtown, we would have thought someone was crazy to say we were going to have to fight like this just to get background checks. but here we are getting background checks and trying to make that the beginning of a long walk toward gun safety. >> yeah. and we still need to vote on background che
hard to elect a democrat to the united states senate from kentucky. we haven't had one since wendell ford back in the late '90s. so it's going to be very hard for them to run anyone statewide and especially after this. this does lead to -- let's put it this way. it makes mcconnell look very, very negative and nasty and if that's the case, you know, he's going to have to own up to that at some point. history does not judge senators and politicians who go after people's personal lives very well in the future. >> jimmy, one of the men that conway identified is a guy named sean reilly. said he was just witness the other activist had been more involved in this. although conway alleges he was not involved but not returned calls to nbc news because there's been no corroboration to this story we won't report the other person's name. how par for the course is this just in how terms dirty the nature of political campaigns can get. >> if you recall, remember nixon went after mcgovern in his first pick for vice president for the nomination because eagleton had mental illness, et cetera and mcgov
. >> the united states senate let down people, including those newtown families. i don't know how anybody looks them in the eye could have voted the way they did today. >> john: and it was a sentiment echoed and magnified by president obama one our later as he spoke surrounded by victims of gun violence. >> obama: i heard some say blocking this step would be a victory. my question is a victory for who? a victory for what? victory for not doing something that 90% of americans, 80% of republicans, the vast out of your constituents wanted to get done? it begs the question who are we here to represent? i heard folks say having families lobby for this legislation was some how misplaced. a prop somebody called it. emotional blackmail some outlets said. are they serious? do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue? do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate? so all in all this was a pretty shapeshameful day for watch. >> we're joined by cofounder stop violence and kids joe rosentha
and the united states senate for a reason. we decided to run for this high office because of issues we deeply care about whether it be more affordable health care or better housing or lower taxes and in a job like this you are driven to find the issues that move you. and then sometimes there are issues that find you. when i was elected to the united states senate last november i never imagined that my main speech would be about guns or about gun violence. just like i could have never imagined that i would be standing here in the wake of 20 little kids having died at sandy hook or six adults who protected them. but sometimes issues find you and so here i am. i'm so pleased to have the majority leader and the majority whip and so many of my colleagues on the floor with me here today. i want to start though with the unpleasant part. i think it's important for all of my colleagues to understand why we are having this debate this weekend next week about gun violence and why in the first time in decades we were able to break the logjam. it's easy to avert your eyes and what happened in newtown. it'
and very energetically on the united states senate. we'll worry about the house in the next step. what we have going for us is not only the newtown families but the majority of american people. 90% want common sense measures. in the end, the american people are on the right side of history. >> quickly, i would like to hear from you what you believe can change the game or the dynamic that would convince republican colleagues of yours to support this legislation. and i asked that because you've pointed out, you have the polling on your side. yesterday i saw in an interview with a newtown family member who said they met with one of the senators opposing this legislation. and they spoke respectfully to one another. in the end, they left again with the same opinions they went into the room. she wanted gun control legislation and the lawmaker she spoke with was still standing where he was and seeing there as a violation of someone's second amendment rights. what can you say that would persuade a republican who is not willing. >> what i say, if their constituents speak from them, if they hear fr
after today in the united states senate." graham, who appears to speak with fork tongue, offering one of several alternative measures aimed at watering down legislation, and yet through all of this, and in a remarkable display of dignified courage, the families of newtown are maintaining the pressure. in their third day of meeting with lawmakers today, family members went as senator chris murphy read the names of newtown's murdered children and their careers. jillian soto, the sister of slain teacher victoria soto, said her grief will not be silenced. >> we're here to protect their legacy and we're here to honor them and demand something be done. demand our voices be heard and something gets done and we receive a vote. >> white house spokesman jay carney said the president called newtown families almost immediately after the vote. >> the president congratulated the families on this important step forward noting that the bipartisan progress would not have been possible without their efforts. >> but he also emphasized that much work remains to be done. nbc's kristen welker joins us now
states senate heeded the call of the lobbyists. from newtown, connecticut. >>> the answer can't be as it has been for 20 years we do nothing. >> developing news out of capitol hill. >> the first vote on gun safety comes next hour. >> today let us decide there will be no more newtown. >> the senate voted 68-31. >> the procedural vote in the senate. >> to begin debating senator harry reid's gun safety reform bill. >> hard work starts now. >> we've got to reach 60 votes. >> the bill has gotten past that 60-vote hurdle. >> 60 votes, not bad. >> there is still work to be done. >> we've got to reach 06 votes. actually, several times. >> we don't know what the end result will be. >> in order for this to go all the way. >> white house is pulling out all the stops. >> the public is so far ahead. >> here's the thing, a wide divide. >> a new nbc "wall street journal" poll. i love this thing. >> 82% of democrats favor stricter gun laws. >> only 27% of republicans. >> just 27% of republicans. >> >> reporter: what happens next? >> what is the goal? >> it needs to be bipartisan. >> republica
of all of our children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. by now it's well known that 90% of the american people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. we're talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. 90% of americans support that idea. most americans think that's already the law. and a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it's not going to happen. because 90% of republicans in the senate just voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here. because the american people are trying to figure out, how can something have 90% support and yet not hap
and other tragedies we've seen over a long period of time. i think the question for me or any united states senator is the following -- have i done enough, by my votes and by my actions to substantially reduce the likelihood that this tragedy or something like it will happen again. if you can answer that in good conscience, then you can sleep at night. i think that's a question a lot of us have to continue to ask ourselves. >> now the background checks were the only measure that most people thought had a chance of succeeding, of getting close to 60, not the assault weapon ban or the ban on the high-capacity magazines. what did you say to dianne feinstein, if anything after her measure? she persisted in the face of all opposition. and obviously it went down badly. that first vote on the assault weapon ban. >> well, diane, as i go out people have worked for years, have used a phrase in the bible, labored in the vineyard a long time. i just spoke to her a couple of minutes ago before coming here to do the interview and i commended her on the work that she did. and she is committed to keep goin
in the united states senate decided that it wasn't worth it. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. >> shame on you! >> the order in the senate -- >> i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here. >> there's nothing like looking in the eyes of a still grieving parent. >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. >> we're trying to take it to the violent criminal. >> they were worried the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-second amendment. >> criminals will not submit to background checks now. they will not submit to expanded background checks. >> they caved to the pressure and looked for any excuse to vote no. >> the way to stop violent crime is stop violent criminals. >> i heard some say blocking this step would be a victory. a victory for who? >> stop pandering to get an a-plus rating for the nra. >> i've heard folks sat they having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced, a problem somebody called them. >> in some cases the president
. president, because it does say that we do our jobs here that we seek the united states senate for a reason. we decided to run for this high office because of issues we deeply care about, whether it be more affordable health care, better housing. in a job like this come you're driven to frame the issues that review. and sometimes there are issues that find you. when i was elected to the united states senate last november, i never imagined my name beachwood e. about god or about gun violence. just like i could never imagined he would be standing here in the wake of 20 little kids having died in cindy had her of those who protect them. sometimes issues fine you. so here i am. i'm so pleased with the majority leader and majority whip in so many colleagues on the floor with me here today. i want to start with the unpleasant part. it is important for my colleagues to understand why we're having this debate to speak at next week about gun violence in life for the first time we were able to break the logjam and do some things about how it's easy to avert your eyes from the horror of what happened
, it goes without saying that we all do our jobs here, that we seek a seat in the united states senate for a reason. we decided to run for this high office because of issues that we deeply care about whether it be more affordable health care or better housing or lower taxes. in a job like this, you're driven to find the issues that move you. and then sometimes there are issues that find you. when i was elected to the united states senate last november, i never imagined that my maiden speech would be about guns or about gun violence. just like i could have never imagined that i'd be standing here in the wake of 20 little kids having died in sandy hook or six adults who protected them. but sometimes issues find you. and so here i am. i'm so pleased to have the majority leader, the majority whip and so many of my colleagues on the floor with me here today. i want to start, though, with the unpleasant part. i think it's important for all of my colleagues to understand why we're having this debate this week and next week about gun violence. why for the first time in decades we were able to
that mitt romney would be president, that republicans would win the majority in the united states senate, that there would be a three-way majority between the house, the senate and the presidency and we could put america back on the right track. i hoped for that, mr. speaker. i prayed for that. i worked for it, but i watched as though as the election results came to be untrue as we lost some seats here in the house and lost some seats in the senate and, of course, the president was re-elected that night and the plans of probably half, very close to half of the american people had to be changed and altered because we planned to put free enterprise back in place, we planned to repeal obamacare, we planned to do some other things, but one of the things we didn't really plan so much to do was take up the immigration issue in the 113th congress. . even though ip gracious was hardly a blip. and if it was debated, it was debated in iowa loo likely debated in iowa the first and longest. as i tune my ear to these issues, i didn't notice it was a paramournt topic or a plank in barack obama barack
90%explain to them of the american people can be on their side of the united states senate failed to reach 60 votes. i have not the word yet. i do not know what explanation is. but i know as they have said to me, we will be back. what i said to them is, it is not over. they said to me, it is not even close to over. i want to say thank you for their lesson in being resolute and resilient in the face of the law. it is a lesson for all of america here today. it is in this picture, which is worth 1000 words. we will see this caused through. it is not going away. they are not going away. the newtown families will be back. they will give a face and a voice to all of the victims of violence. the 3400 since their loss in december and the many who perished before them. i'm proud to stand with them today. safer. make america thank you. thank you senator reid and fortor mansion -- manchin getting us through this day. it is a sad day and shameful day. it is a day when a republican filibuster stood in the way of 90% of americans. ofwe need any truer version the filibuster, we saw today. ersino
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. >> reporter: he went on to show pictures of some of the children and staff members killed at sandy hook elementary four months ago. senators will vote this morning on whether or not to move forward with debating gun bims recently propose -- bills recently proposed. that includes the bill proposed yesterday by joe manchin and pat toomey. they want to expand background checks to include online gun sales and purchases at gun shows. they also plan to require states to submit mental health insurance to the criminal background system and push states that don't comply. >> illnesses that make them them a dapger to themselves and others must keep weapons out of their hands. >> reporter: we'll continue to listen in. i will have the latest reaction from u.s. lawmakers next hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> an autopsy is now scheduled on the burned body of a man found along a san jose freeway. the body was found tuesday. firefighters were out there putting out a brush fire on the coddle road onramp to highway 85. now, police
and it's watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. >> reporter: he went on to show pictures of some of the children and staff members killed at sandy hook elementary four months ago. senators will vote this morning on whether or not to move forward with debating gun bims recently propose -- bills recently proposed. that includes the bill proposed yesterday by joe manchin and pat toomey. they want to expand background checks to include online gun sales and purchases at gun shows. they also plan to require states to submit mental health insurance to the criminal background system and push states that don't comply. >> illnesses that make them them a dapger to themselves and others must keep weapons out of their hands. >> reporter: we'll continue to listen in. i will have the latest reaction from u.s. lawmakers next hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> an autopsy is now scheduled on the burned body of a man found along a san jose freeway. the body was found tuesday. firefighters were out there putting out a b
with deadly poison are set to the president and a united states senator. it's all "happening now." a lot of news to bring to you on this thursday morning. "happening now" president obama will speak at a memorial service for victims of the boston marathon bombings in just a few minutes. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. we will dip in and out of this interfaith service at boston's cathedral of the holy cross. you can see just a beautiful cathedral the service just getting underway. this is just about a mile from the site of the twin opl bombings on monday where three people were killed and 176 wounded in the worst terror attack on american soil since september 11th. we are live in boston with more. rick. >> reporter: as you might imagine very heavy security in the streets outside the cathedral here that have been shut down. we have boston police s.w.a.t. team members behind us as well as hundreds of officers lining the road here. you can see a lot of of the folks behind barricades. the line began before dawn this morning to get into the cathedral, and about an hour ago it
, lindsay graham, robert menendez, jeff flake, michael beck, as united states senators, representatives of the people, where have you been for the last four years? what have you done to prevent political appointees at ice from ignoring all of congress? what have you done to stop these same political appointees from manipulating pressed data and misleading the american public and members of congress? what have you done to prevent dangerous criminals from being released back into american communities by the thousands? what have you done to protect america's law-enforcement officers who now not only placed their lives at risk to force our nation's loss, but their careers as well as they struggle against political appointees who ordered them not to enforce the law and who ordered them to place the public at risk? of course the answer is you have done nothing. he sat on your hands and watched it happen for four years. i guess it should come as no surprise that you have done nothing in the gang of eight's proposed new legislation to address any of these problems. rightmen, we have laws now th
at an assault weapons ban is doomed in the united states senate. now we have this laborious process of senate debate you going to be amendments probably going to weaken it even further. you have the nra waiting for that deterioration to take place. you have politicians that quake at the sight of an nra lobbyist faced with a dilemma. are they influenced by the very human tragedy they are being faced with or will the instincts to quake at the feet of the nra going to take over in the final result? >> eelahe, i would like to look at poll numbers. a new poll shows 65% of women favor stronger gun laws. you what about the gender gap issue. what accounts for that? is it a matter of difference in who ounce guns or a different temperament between the sexes? >> the gender gap on gun laws has been a long-standing one. men are three times more likely to own guns than women and your opinions on gun control and gun legislation are influenced or determined by whether there's a gun in your home. you are seeing the newtown shooting, of course that affected all americans, but mothers, they feel that that speci
, not only is harry reid a united states senator but also a a husband, a father, a grandfather and i hope friend of lots and lots of people, i choose to vote my conscience because, if tragedy strikes again, i'm sorry to say, mr. president, it will, if innocents are ung.a.o.d down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, i would have trouble living with myself aes a senator, as a husband, a fathers, or grandfather and friend, knowing that i didn't do everything in my power to prevent that incident. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: last few days have been trying ones for our nation. monday's attack in boston reminded us that terrorism can still strike anywhere a at any time. and as yesterday's news of an attempt to send ricin to the capitol reminds you it is important as ever to take the steps necessary to protect americans from those who would do us harm. and this morning i'd like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. t
of eight is coming up with. we will be bringing forward in the united states senate as short of time as this evening. the president is supportive in the process we went through. and the president having been in the senate and seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of comprise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that is important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process not the end. that we will have a hearings and we will a amendment, we will have floor debate. i'm confident that at the end of the day we will have a bill to the president's desk. because all of players involved in the on board. every major player business or labor. that hasn't changed from the last time we tried in 2007. >> two more points, we hope to bring the bill tonight. we're working as we speak. that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is there ought to be an open process. people who don't agree with off
themselves for a least in caging this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks? the gun large lobby argues it is unconstitutional even though justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision that said basically second amendment is a personal right to bear arms not the rights of the militia but laws imposing conditions and qualifications of the commercial sale of arms are lawful so there is no doubt in his mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment and it also argues background checks are ineffective. you have heard this. pass all laws that you want and the law-abiding citizens to live by them but the criminals want. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since back run checks went into effect so careless and stupid they tried anyway. they were stopped. why are there so many crimes committed? because they get the guns through another means through the ads in the newspaper that i mentioned revere and the argument that unless all lot is airtight we should not pass it will be used that standard
. another to the president of the united states. for an hour and a half this morning alerts were sounded on capitol hill. >> close the other side of the street. we are closing off the sidewalk. >> reporter: some senate offices were cleared. staff in others were told to stay inside. after two letters -- one to mississippi republican senator roger wicker, the second to president obama -- tested preliminarily for ricin. both were quarantined at a post office screening facility miles away in maryland. built after the anthrax attacks that killed five and injured 17 across the nation in 2001. >> the president -- i'm sure you will ask this. the president has, of course, been briefed on these letters. he was briefed last night and again this morning. >> reporter: the fbi said both were postmarked memphis, tennessee, on april 8. they used the same language. quote, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. a phrase often used by radical groups. both letters are signed, i am kc and i approve this message. a third letter went to democratic senator carl levin'
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